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Finland wins bronze over U.S. in men's hockey
CBC Sports ^ | Feb. 22, 2014 | Mike Brophy

Posted on 02/22/2014 10:33:33 AM PST by rickmichaels

It was over in a flash. A Finnish Flash. For Team USA, however, it was more like a flash finish.

Team Finland scored two goals in 11 seconds early in the second period to snap a 0-0 tie en route to a 5-0 victory in the bronze medal game Saturday.

Veteran Teemu Selanne, playing in his 35th Olympic hockey game, scored two goals including the game-winner to lead Finland. It was a wonderful conclusion to what has been a splendid Olympic hockey career for a classy gentleman.

Selanne scored on a nifty backhand shot at 1:27 of the second period and then off the ensuing faceoff, the Finns charged into the American zone with Jussi Jokinen, notching his second goal of the Olympic tournament. That was the game.

The United States generated very few quality scoring chances in the game as the Finns appeared to have a tad more interest in the outcome of the game.

The Finns added three third-period goals to ensure the victory.

(Excerpt) Read more at olympics.cbc.ca ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2014olympics; finland; hockey; sochi; teamusa
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1 posted on 02/22/2014 10:33:33 AM PST by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels; airborne; shove_it; Hat-Trick; SZonian; retrokitten; hollywood; Alberta's Child; ...

Hockey Ping!

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Canada outplayed the US yesterday and the US really didn't look like they wanted the bronze - Finland clearly did.

The NHL may say they don't want their players in the next Olympics, but the KHL will, and it will be interesting to see (if) our college kids play European pros like they did "back in the day"

2 posted on 02/22/2014 10:44:33 AM PST by airborne (MY HEROES DON'T WEAR CAPES. MY HEROES WEAR DOG TAGS ! ! !)
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To: rickmichaels

Gutless.


3 posted on 02/22/2014 10:45:28 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: rickmichaels

Olympic Finnish a Bylsmal for the USA


4 posted on 02/22/2014 10:48:04 AM PST by mikrofon (NHL Bump)
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To: dfwgator

“Gutless”

Really?

I’d like to see YOU play Canada and Finland back-to-back, within 24 hrs.

You don’t know anything about hockey. Going forward, keep your opinions to yourself.


5 posted on 02/22/2014 10:49:33 AM PST by mkleesma (`Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.')
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To: airborne
Thanks for the ping, Airborne!

I think U.S. collegiate players would match up well against European professionals. One big difference between today and the days before NHL players competed in the Olympics is that most of the top European players are in the NHL right now -- and they wouldn't be able to compete for their home countries if the NHL involvement came to an end.

Sure, the KHL is the one league that can get some top-level talent ... but most of the top Russian players are in the NHL right now (Ilya Kovalchuk is one key exception).

If the U.S. were to put together a national team months in advance of the Olympics comprised of NCAA players and junior players drafted by NHL teams but not yet ready for the NHL, I think they'd do surprisingly well in the Olympics.

6 posted on 02/22/2014 10:50:55 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: mkleesma

Finland played Sweden yesterday too.


7 posted on 02/22/2014 10:51:04 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: rickmichaels

Disappointing for sure but the Boys gave us a great show during the prelims. Amazing how the offense completely shut down the last two games though.


8 posted on 02/22/2014 10:51:28 AM PST by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: rickmichaels

That’s not a win....that’s an embarrassment.

They need to be hiding their faces in shame.


9 posted on 02/22/2014 10:52:30 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: rickmichaels

Some of the women’s hockey was good. Very nice feminine clean cut young ladies especially Switzerland> No butch cuts. They all had long hair pulled back away from their faces.


10 posted on 02/22/2014 10:53:31 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: rickmichaels; a fool in paradise

Being fourth among 236 countries playing ice hockey is not all that bad!


11 posted on 02/22/2014 10:55:10 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: mkleesma; dfwgator
Didn't Finland play two games in a row, too?

I don't know if I'd call the performance "gutless," but the U.S. sure looked like they "mailed it in" on this one. Even the commentators on NBC before the game said this might be the case. Since the NHL began allowing their players to compete in the Olympics, the U.S. has a reputation for being something of a "Gold or nothing" team.

This is why their only medals since 1980 were silver (2002 and 2010) ... because in both of those Olympics they managed to get to the final game and were still in gold medal contention when they lost.

12 posted on 02/22/2014 10:55:20 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: mkleesma

No kidding.


13 posted on 02/22/2014 10:55:45 AM PST by stormer
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To: airborne

Thanks for the ping.


14 posted on 02/22/2014 10:56:09 AM PST by StoneWall Brigade
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To: rickmichaels

The good news is that the team won’t be getting any late night visits from the IRS.


15 posted on 02/22/2014 10:57:35 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Communism kills!!!)
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To: Revolting cat!
The problem is that there are only six teams that can credibly compete for a gold medal these days: Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, and the United States. Slovakia can occasionally put together a strong team, but not often.

So the U.S. is really #4 out of six teams, not 236. I can't think of too many U.S. hockey players who take pride in the fact that their team is better than the national teams of Italy, Greece or Japan.

16 posted on 02/22/2014 10:58:14 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: mikrofon
I wasn't going to watch any Olympics but I got caught watching our women's hockey game against Canada...sure enough, up by 2 goals with about several minutes left, they went on to loose...and so did our men....

the bigger picture is this: our country is in a malaise that we can't shake.....our economny stinks, we're being treated like cattle and our govt has taken away our freedoms...we worry about our kids, our grandkids and our selves....

once, if ever, we rid ourselves of this shackle, it'll be like our hostages coming home to Yellow ribbons and the Berlin wall being yanked down....

so help us GOD....

17 posted on 02/22/2014 10:58:20 AM PST by cherry
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To: Revolting cat!
Being fourth among 236 countries playing ice hockey is not all that bad!

They play ice hockey in Africa?

18 posted on 02/22/2014 10:58:51 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: mkleesma; dfwgator
You don’t know anything about hockey.

LOL.

19 posted on 02/22/2014 10:59:05 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: rickmichaels

Finland has a great system for playing on the big ice surfaces. Some top tier talent as well.


20 posted on 02/22/2014 10:59:06 AM PST by wolfman
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To: Alberta's Child

Being the first or last not getting the joke, on the other hand, is really bad!


21 posted on 02/22/2014 10:59:28 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: rickmichaels

The hell with the Olympics! We need World Series and Super Bowels in all sports where “world champions” will always be American!


22 posted on 02/22/2014 11:01:07 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Revolting cat!
LOL.

Reminds me of the days when the Soviet team would walk through the preliminary round by beating teams like Poland and Japan by 20-0 scores. I mean -- how do teams like that end up in the same tournament?

23 posted on 02/22/2014 11:01:28 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Alberta's Child

And the Finns have medaled in 6 of the last 8 Olympics.


24 posted on 02/22/2014 11:02:33 AM PST by stormer
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To: Revolting cat!
... Super Bowels ...

I'm not sure what would be more comical here -- if this was a type-o or if it was deliberate. ROFL.

25 posted on 02/22/2014 11:02:37 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Alberta's Child

Seriously now, was Jamaica competing in Sochi this time?


26 posted on 02/22/2014 11:02:43 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: airborne
I thought that Bateman was in favor of continuing NHL participation, especially since the Russian and Canadian players want to play for their national teams..I can't see the NHL attempting to stop it. Do you have a source for the comment?

BTW..thanks for the great job you did with these Olympics. It's appreciated.

27 posted on 02/22/2014 11:05:07 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: stormer
Finland has a reputation for being a difficult hockey team to assess on the international stage. They're certainly one of the top countries in the world, and they've got plenty of Olympic and IIHF world championship medals to prove it. I think they're currently #2 in the IIHF world rankings, after Sweden.

And yet Finland has never won an Olympic gold medal in hockey. Go figure.

28 posted on 02/22/2014 11:06:16 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: dfwgator
They play ice hockey in Africa?

And why not?


29 posted on 02/22/2014 11:06:45 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: rickmichaels

I know!

They lost in protest, so Obama’s IRS couldn’t be getting any money for the Olympic medals.

:)


30 posted on 02/22/2014 11:06:46 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: hoagy62

But they beat the Russians and that’s a good thing and something they should be proud of.


31 posted on 02/22/2014 11:07:44 AM PST by Hulka
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To: Revolting cat!

They had one bobsled team, that’s it.


32 posted on 02/22/2014 11:08:03 AM PST by darkangel82
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To: Alberta's Child

I still think we’re better off with a team of amateurs that spend a year before the Games learning to play together...You can’t just put a team of all-stars together in two weeks and expect them to gel.


33 posted on 02/22/2014 11:08:41 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Where is Africa (you do know Africa in not a ‘nation”. . .right?)

;-)


34 posted on 02/22/2014 11:08:46 AM PST by Hulka
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To: Hulka

Well, yes...you are correct. There IS that.


35 posted on 02/22/2014 11:10:11 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: dfwgator
Dubai has one of the largest indoor ice skating facilities in the world:


36 posted on 02/22/2014 11:10:14 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: dfwgator

“They play ice hockey in Africa? “

You’ve never watched the Somalian Sonics? :-)


37 posted on 02/22/2014 11:12:28 AM PST by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: rickmichaels

Awwwwwww. I taped the game but haven’t watched it. Might not, now.

Congrats to Teemu!


38 posted on 02/22/2014 11:14:52 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: ken5050
I'd say the odds of the NHL sending players in 2018 are pretty slim. Three things come into play here:

1. The season-ending injury to the Islanders' John Tavares, the third-leading scorer in the NHL entering the Olympic break, illustrates a major problem for NHL teams with these tournaments. Most general managers in the NHL hate the Olympics for this reason.

2. The NHL's leadership isn't convinced that interrupting the NHL season for two weeks is a net positive for the league. Sure, they get a lot of exposure for hockey in general ... but there's no certainty that this translates to the bottom line of the NHL.

3. One big issue that's seen more discussion this year than in prior years is that the IOC and IIHF do not provide any concessions at all to the NHL. The NHL does not get any benefits from the Olympics in terms of licensing, promotional concessions, or anything of that sort. In fact, I believe the NHL wasn't even allowed to stream any video from the Olympics on its cable network or its website.

4. The 2018 Winter Olympics are going to be held in South Korea. As with these Sochi games, the time difference with North America is going to be something on the order of 6-12 hours (depending on your time zone). The lack of any live prime-time television coverage of medal round hockey games will diminish the interest of the NHL substantially. In terms of TV exposure, there's a huge difference between broadcasting a USA-Canada game from Vancouver or Salt Lake City and broadcasting it from Asia.

39 posted on 02/22/2014 11:17:49 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: dfwgator

I’m sure the Russians agree with you!


40 posted on 02/22/2014 11:19:13 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Alberta's Child
Sorry ... make that: FOUR things come into play here!
41 posted on 02/22/2014 11:20:07 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Alberta's Child

Worked in 1980, didn’t it?


42 posted on 02/22/2014 11:34:43 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: mkleesma

Jonathan Quick agrees with me.

Jonathan Quick rips Team USA’s effort in loss to Finland
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3125918/posts


43 posted on 02/22/2014 11:36:24 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

It sure did. That was just one reason why the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” probably wasn’t as big an upset as it was made out to be at the time.


44 posted on 02/22/2014 11:39:05 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: dfwgator

They beat the Russkies.


45 posted on 02/22/2014 11:42:48 AM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: rickmichaels

I whipped the Finns...at shuffleboard. I got called for slashing.


46 posted on 02/22/2014 11:48:37 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: dfwgator

Makes you wonder about just how good Finland could have been if they were totally healthy. All four of the centers they originally selected for their roster ended up missing most or all of these Olympics with injuries, including Mikko Koivu and Valtteri Filppula.


47 posted on 02/22/2014 11:58:50 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: mkleesma
I’d like to see YOU play Canada and Finland back-to-back, within 24 hrs.

Didn't Finland play Sweden, the NUMBER ONE SEED, and the USA back to back, within 24 hours?

Talk about stupid opinions, mook.

48 posted on 02/22/2014 12:38:29 PM PST by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: mikrofon

A+ for you!


49 posted on 02/22/2014 12:38:32 PM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Thanks, and it’s not even WFTD!

I said I wasn’t going to second-guess Bylsma about the goaltender choice, and it’s not – you went with who got you there, and again, you can’t win without goal support (unless you pitch a double shutout). However, it’s probably going to solidify the opinion of some that this coach can’t get a team over the hump despite immense talent…


50 posted on 02/22/2014 12:51:38 PM PST by mikrofon (NHL Bump)
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